Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has hinted that Jorginho may have to adapt to a new position under his management.
Sections of fans and the media were critical of Maurizio Sarri’s decision to persist with the Italian in a holding midfield role last campaign, but Lampard has suggested that he may look to change his position in the team, along with N’Golo Kante and Ross Barkley:
“He played in one position and the manager had faith in him and it became something that was talked about, possibly too much, but I’m a new manager. I have some new ideas. We might be more adaptable in the way we play.”
“I might ask different things of Jorginho or Kante or Ross Barkley or anybody in the team. That’s how I want to be. I’m not stuck in a conversation from last year. I’m actually looking at a player who has very much impressed me over the last 10 days and I’m very pleased to have him as part of the squad.”
At Derby, Lampard played either with two holding midfielders or just one, so we could see Kante and Jorginho playing alongside each other this season.
During preseason, Chelsea have also experimented with a diamond in midfield with two up top, so there is clearly going to be greater flexibility with Lampard than under Sarriball.
Jorginho is apparently seen as a leader in the squad by the new manager so, despite being a favourite of the previous boss, he looks set for a prominent role under the new regime.